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Germany: New Italian PM makes Merkel top priority

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April 30, 2013 at 18:50 GMT +00:00 · Published

Germany: New Italian PM makes Merkel top priority

On his first trip abroad, recently inaugurated Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Tuesday to discuss measures to stimulate economic growth in Italy and the rest of the European Union.

Merkel welcomed Letta with military honours. The meeting comes hours after the Senate in Rome gave the centre-left Letta the final vote of approval. One of the key issues discussed was strengthening the relations between Germany and Italy.

Merkel's endorsement of stringent structural reforms, such as deficit reduction in Europe and spending cuts, has made seen her criticised in the Italian media. Her austerity policies, meant to improve the economy in Europe, have been increasingly questioned by other European countries.

According to Letta, greater cooperation within Europe will bring higher investments, economic growth and reduce unemployment rates all over the continent.

After Berlin, Letta will travel to Brussels and Paris in his bid to urge European leaders to reduce pressure on Italy to enact severe austerity measures and to improve the economies of the European countries.

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Germany: New Italian PM makes Merkel top priority

On his first trip abroad, recently inaugurated Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Tuesday to discuss measures to stimulate economic growth in Italy and the rest of the European Union.

Merkel welcomed Letta with military honours. The meeting comes hours after the Senate in Rome gave the centre-left Letta the final vote of approval. One of the key issues discussed was strengthening the relations between Germany and Italy.

Merkel's endorsement of stringent structural reforms, such as deficit reduction in Europe and spending cuts, has made seen her criticised in the Italian media. Her austerity policies, meant to improve the economy in Europe, have been increasingly questioned by other European countries.

According to Letta, greater cooperation within Europe will bring higher investments, economic growth and reduce unemployment rates all over the continent.

After Berlin, Letta will travel to Brussels and Paris in his bid to urge European leaders to reduce pressure on Italy to enact severe austerity measures and to improve the economies of the European countries.

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